Pets Meeting Babies For The First Time

Pets Meeting Babies For The First Time

When pet owners become pregnant, they tend to worry how their pets — their furbabies — will respond to having a new baby in the house.

Some parents-to-be may fear that their pet may become aggressive, competitive or upset that there is this tiny, sleepy human in the house. Others worry about the fact that they will be redirecting a great deal of their time and attention that was once reserved just for the pet.

However, in this adorable clip, you’ll see mostly highly excitable pets meeting babies for the first time. It’s as if they’ve just discovered a brand new playmate that they’ve been patiently awaiting the last nine months…

Yes, there is even a lick or two in there! While we don’t recommend letting your pets lick your baby, we thought the clip was definitely a worthy share!

If you’re pregnant and not yet had your baby, it’s never too early to start preparing your beloved furbaby for the arrival of a tiny human. Unfortunately, you will have less time for your pet than ever before, so having a plan in place before baby arrives is important. Your pet will need new boundaries, as he adjusts to new smells, extra visitors and a new routine. Establishing a family order is also important, as pets respond to order in a different way than we do. Order doesn’t mean who is in charge, but who eats first, who goes through the door first and so on. Getting your pet used to this now will make the transition easier.

See our article on how to prepare your pet for a baby, which offers 6 helpful tips for expectant parents.

Pets Meeting Babies For The First Time

Enjoy this clip of pets meeting babies for the first time! Don’t forget to let us know how your pet responded to your new baby in the comments section below.

 
Last Updated: April 17, 2015

CONTRIBUTOR

Kelly Winder is the creator of BellyBelly.com.au, a writer, doula (trained in 2005), and a mother of three awesome children. She's passionate about informing and educating fellow thinking parents and parents-to-be, especially about all the things she wishes she knew before she had her firstborn. Kelly is also passionate about travel, tea, travel, and animal rights and welfare. And travel.


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